10 Questions for John Negroponte

John Negroponte was recalled a year ago from Baghdad, where he served as ambassador to Iraq, to become America's spymaster. It's not easy to run the sprawling, $44 billion U.S. intelligence community, especially with powers that are in many ways less than his responsibilities--and Negroponte, 66, wants critics to know it's a work in progress. America's first director of national intelligence sat down in Washington for a progress check with TIME's Michael Duffy and Timothy J. Burger.

Is the intelligence the President gets every day any better than it was a year ago? First of all, I think it's good. And...

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